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News Links | January 3, 2017

January 03, 2017 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Skagit Valley College women's basketball players inspire Edison students

As the women’s basketball players ran back and forth in the gymnasium — shoes squeaking on the shiny floor — many of the Edison Elementary School students looked on in awe. Five-year-old Mary Grace Spane glowed as Skagit Valley College player Diedra Miller taught her how to dribble. ... The team was at Edison to interact with the students and inspire them to pursue post-secondary education.
Skagit Valley Herald, Jan. 3, 2017

UW Bothell video-game programming lab prepares grads for even non-computer jobs

It’s a computer game populated by floating, light-beam-wielding monsters, but “Ghostlight Manor” has another purpose beyond entertainment: to help newly minted grads better prepare for their first job. That’s the strategy behind the University of Washington Bothell’s Digital Future Lab, which runs a gaming studio as a novel way to get students ready for life after college. ... And this year, the lab started a partnership with Bellevue College’s Autism Spectrum Navigators program, and is offering students with autism a chance to intern.
The Seattle Times, Jan. 2, 2017

Spokane’s community colleges still wrestling with ‘troubled’ software system

Now an estimated $10 million over budget and several years behind schedule, the system known as ctcLink still isn’t working properly at the two institutions that volunteered to be guinea pigs – the two-school system [at Community Colleges of Spokane] and Tacoma Community College. ... The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, which oversees the schools, planned to have the software installed at different colleges in groups, or “waves,” after it was up and running in the test site colleges in Spokane and Tacoma in 2014. The last wave of schools was supposed to install ctcLink by 2017.
The Spokesman-Review, Jan. 1, 2017

Declining unemployment rate makes it hard to find good workers

Daniel Pedlar’s alarm goes off every weekday at 4:20 a.m. The 20-year-old rolls out of bed, throws on his clothes — usually jeans and a T-shirt, grabs a bite to eat, heads out the door and gets into his car. It’s a short drive at that time of day from his mother’s house in Bothell to Paine Field. ... He usually pulls into the Washington Aerospace Training & Research Center’s parking lot around 5 a.m. ... WATR typically has about 50 students in certificate programs. Most of them already work in aerospace, many at Boeing’s Everett plant less than a mile north, said Larry Cluphf, who runs the center, which is part of Edmonds Community College.
Everett Herald, Dec. 31, 2016

Olympian Agenda: priorities for 2017

New Year's Day in 2017 marks the start of something new at The Olympian. We are publishing our first community agenda on the Opinion page. It’s an outline of a few top issues we want to see our country, state and community deal with in the coming year. ... Lawmakers must not forget higher education. South Puget Sound Community College must be able to grow, evolve and meet needs of local businesses. This includes SPSCC's new Lacey campus, its longtime work to prepare students for four-year college and careers, and its nascent partnerships with the port and Tumwater to establish a craft brewing and distilling center in Tumwater.
The Olympian, Dec. 31, 2016

State needs its community colleges, and needs to fund them, says system’s retiring chief

Washington’s community colleges are still struggling to recover from recession-era budget cuts, yet offer a solid path to many middle-skill jobs that pay good wages and are in high demand, says the outgoing director of the community-college system. Marty Brown, who became executive director of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges in 2012, also says the college system needs to do a better job of publicizing its best programs.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 29, 2016

Q&A: Marty Brown shares what he’s learned after four years of steering Washington’s community colleges

In June, Marty Brown will retire from his job as executive director of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, a job he’s held the past four years. Brown did not have a background in education administration, so we asked him what he’s learned from the job.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 29, 2016

Big Bend CC approved as EMT testing center

Big Bend Community College has been approved as a testing site for candidates working to qualify as emergency medical technicians. Big Bend is the fifth site in the state to offer the National Registry for Emergency Medical Technicians.
Columbia Basin Herald, Dec. 28, 2016

EdCC hopes new building will relieve overcrowding

As Edmonds Community College’s facilities master plan kicks into gear in the coming years, the look of campus will change with a new building and major renovations to existing buildings, walkways, parking and landscaping. The SET building, short for Science, Engineering and Technology, is the plan’s centerpiece. The project has been years in planning – early estimates had the project finished by 2017.
Edmonds Beacon, Dec. 28, 2016

Opinion: President out, it’s transition time at TCC

This seems to be one of those all’s-well-that-ends-well stories. True, Tacoma Community College President Sheila Ruhland is out of a job after less than two years at TCC, and the school’s administration will be in limbo for awhile. But it could have been worse. It could have degenerated into a drawn-out, sordid tale of faculty versus president, like what happened at another community college north of here.
The News Tribune, Dec. 26, 2016

Lower Columbia College student government project lights up the holidays

While it was dark and cold out on the streets of North Kelso Tuesday, Christmas cheer warmed the home of Ron and Sierra Olsen. Monster and Minnie, two black Labrador puppies, tussled on the living room floor while the couple’s children, Dallas, 2, and Carson, 7, sat on a queen bed and watched television. ... The Olsens were the recipients of a fully decorated Christmas tree courtesy of the Associated Students of Lower Columbia College, where the couple both attend school. The student government group distributed 22 decorated Christmas this year to students who the group thought might need a little extra holiday cheer.
Longview Daily News, Dec. 23, 2016

Help wanted: Hospitals struggle to hire staff

Some hospitals are having trouble recruiting front line staff like home health aides and medical assistants. A report from the White House suggests hospitals develop deeper relationships with community colleges to better tailor curriculum to meet employer needs. Over the next decade, the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects health and social service jobs to grow at three times the rate of overall employment. ... [Community Colleges of Spokane] Chancellor Christine Johnson says they're working hand in glove with local healthcare providers to develop their curriculum.
Marketplace, Dec. 22, 2016

‘The American story’: The hard work of making a career dream come true

With the help of Asian Counseling and Referral Service, Ittikorn Hunsagul takes English classes and learns job-hunting skills in hopes of restarting his career in architecture. ... So each day he rises in the dark and rides a bus for two hours from Rainier Valley to South Seattle College, where he takes English and computer-literacy classes. Then it’s back on the bus for a brief stop at home before catching light rail to Capitol Hill, where he will work in the restaurant until after midnight. Then back home for a little sleep before starting all over again.
The Seattle Times, Dec. 22, 2016

RTC student chosen for Transforming Lives award

The Washington State Association of College Trustees (ACT) has selected a Renton Technical College (RTC) student as one of five winners of the Transforming Lives award, a program that recognizes students whose lives have been improved by their experiences at a Washington community or technical college.
Renton Reporter, Dec. 22, 2016

More student housing for Everett Community College

The newest building for student housing at Everett Community College now has a name … Cedar Hall. It joins Mountain View Hall which opened earlier this year. Here’s more about efforts to increase the number of students living near Everett Community College. Everett Community College’s second student housing building now has a name – Cedar Hall.
My Everett News, Dec. 21, 2016

Opinion: History: Higher education on South Hill started slowly

The infrastructure for getting higher education in a local setting did not become available to the people living on South Hill until the 1980s. It was formalized when the South Hill campus of Pierce College was started. It is well recognized that education has always been a priority for people living on the Hill, and this effort was a logical extension of actions previously taken.
Puyallup Herald, Dec. 21, 2016

Ph.D.s (and advisers) shouldn’t overlook community colleges

Daniel Stofleth, a doctoral student in communication at the University of Washington, has observed firsthand the most striking difference between research universities and community colleges: diversity. “I have attended or taught at three four-year institutions, which were all relatively homogenous,” he says. At Seattle Central College, under the mentorship of communication instructor Marian Lyles during the 2015-16 academic year, Stofleth was involved in classrooms in which “the variety of student backgrounds coalesced into some of the most thought-provoking, and often challenging, conversations I’ve been a part of in my experience as a student and instructor.” He views the diversity of the two-year college system as its core strength.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 20, 2016

Walla Walla Community College students hold a coat drive

A civic-minded group of Walla Walla Community College students decided to ensure winter was a bit warmer in the valley by holding a coat drive, said Staci Simmelink Johnson.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Dec. 20, 2016

Trends | Horizons | Education

State shortfalls and foreign students

As state spending for public universities goes down, international student enrollment goes up. A newly published working paper seeks to quantify this relationship, estimating that for the period between 1996 and 2012, a 10 percent reduction in state appropriations was associated with a 12 percent increase in international undergraduate enrollment at public research universities -- and a 17 percent increase at the most research-intensive public universities, the flagships and other institutions that are members of the exclusive Association of American Universities.
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 3, 2017

A professor once targeted by fake news now is helping to visualize it

In 2014, Filippo Menczer, a professor of informatics and computer science at Indiana University at Bloomington, felt the effects of fake news. A partisan website used a sentence from one of his abstracts out of context, and the spread of misinformation took flight. Long before he fell victim to fake news, Mr. Menczer studied how and why information spreads online. Now a new tool called Hoaxy, built on work led by Mr. Menczer, who is also the director the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research at the university’s School of Informatics and Computing, aims to show people what sites are spreading fake news and what they are posting about.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 22, 2016

History with relevance

Community college leaders journey through Mississippi and Alabama in hopes of learning how the civil rights movement will help them solve today's problems.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 21, 2016

Politics | Local, State, National

Gov. Inslee downplayed talk of taxes on the campaign trail. Then he proposed raising them by $5.5 billion.

Gov. Jay Inslee told voters in 2016 that fixing Washington schools would require lawmakers “to actually put meat on the bone.” When asked where that meat would come from, the first-term Democrat talked mainly about ending tax exemptions, as well as harnessing revenue from the state’s growing economy. ... The governor gave few hints on the campaign trail that, five weeks after winning re-election, he would propose $5.5 billion in new taxes. Yet that’s what Inslee did in December, unveiling a new two-year budget plan that would increase state spending by about 20 percent, bankrolled by new taxes on carbon pollution, service businesses and the wealthy.
The News Tribune, Dec. 31, 2016

Withholding Social Security to repay student debt

The federal government is withholding a portion of Social Security benefits from a growing number of older Americans to cover defaulted student loan debt, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. This so-called offset accounted for about $171 million of the $4.5 billion in defaulted student loan debt that the U.S. Department of Education collected in 2015.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 21, 2016

Is distance ed rule DOA?

The U.S. Department of Education, with a month to go until the transition of power, has finalized a rule that clarifies how colleges become authorized to offer online programs to students in other states — an effort in the works since the first years of the Obama administration. But the rule is by all indications dead on arrival.
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 21, 2016

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